12th Day of Christmas

Celebrate Twelfth Night - Eat Cake!


Apparently, there are several cultures in the world that regard Twelfth Night - also know as Three Kings Day or Epiphany - as a great time to eat a very special cake!

I decided to make baking a special cake on Twelfth Night a new tradition at my house - beginning this year! With this very cake - Gâteau Basque.

Bolo Rei - Special Holiday Cake from Portugal

Bolo Rei - Xmas Cake

Note:  I assisted Christina with placing this yummy recipe from Portugal on the cookie swap.  I hope you will take the time to go visit her on Flickr. She will soon be posting pictures of the Nativity she has built in front of her home - you won't want to miss it.

Christine wrote the background information and the recipe. Enjoy.

Valentine Treat! Almond Chocolate Cake/Torte

The recipe for this yummy, dense, jam covered almond and chocolate torte found it's way into my recipe box many, many years ago.  The cake is very simple to make and frosting it couldn't be easier - simply cover it with jam after baking?

When I make this torte on Valentines Day, I bake it in two little 8" heart pans - one to eat and one to give!.  But a 9" or 10" spring form pan is recommended.  The recipe makes 1 - 9" or 10" cake or 2 - 8" heart cakes.

Chocolate Almond Torte

3/4 cup unsalted butter
7/8 cup + 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
5 eggs, separated

Twelfth Day of Christmas Celebrations!

The winter holidays aren't over yet!  Not for me!

And not for my friend Debbie, who also still has a tree standing in her living room! And lights shining from the trees in her yard!

I don't know why Christmas must be over on December 26th!  Read Debbie's post!  You might decide to join us for an extended holiday next year!

Twelfth Night - Gifts for you!


January 6th is celebrated my many as Twelfth Night, and by others as The Epiphany or visitation of the Magi.

In some cultures, people give gifts every night beginning December 25th, Christmas Day, and ending on January 6th - hence the 12 days of Christmas. In other cultures, people give gifts on Christmas Day and again on Twelfth Night. Special cakes are baked to be eaten on this day. In England, it is thought to be bad luck if your decorations remain up after January 6th. (Boy o boy am I in trouble!)

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